So says dermatologist Dr Rachael Eckel. She goes on to state
moisturisers lead to ‘the accumulation of dead surface skin cells, dryness, large pores, acne and sensitivity’ and that only 15 per cent of us actually need a moisturiser.......moisturisers stick dead skin cells to the skin’s surface. And oils clog pores, contributing to acne and rosacea, a condition that causes bumpiness, redness, and spots.
Difficult one. What I do know from my own personal experience is that the more I exfoliate my skin the less moisturiser I actually feel I need.
I started about 18 months ago using the Tresonics brush and even though I had been using a "manual" exfoliator for years over a period of a few weeks I noticed that my skin felt (and looked) less dry. I now use less moisturiser and I have almost completely stopped using the moisturise masks I used to use twice a week.
I now use a glycolic serum ... which is a milder alternative to the retinol suggested here. My skin is the best its been for a good few years and, even though I say it myself, I had good skin in the first place!
I have suffered from what I call adult acne but actually it isn't. Mine was folliculitis. It rarely affects women, mainly men. Just my luck then! So it took a long time to get the right flipping diagnosis and creams. Its been mild for a long time now but since using the glycolic its almost completely gone. That could be coincidence. I don't for one minute believe my adult acne was caused by using a moisturiser.
I shan't be giving up my moisturiser but I honestly can't see me giving up the glycolic either. I might give up the Tresonics at some point. I have been away and not taken it with me and didn't notice a difference, not now I use the glycolic. For now I'm using EVERYTHING lol.
I have read similar articles before. I rarely use a conventional separate moisturiser, sometimes in Winter if I've been out in a cold wind, but it is hard to avoid even if you wanted to as it is a component of most things you put on your face from sunscreens to foundations. At night I use a gentle face wash & 5% AHA. In the morning I use the same face wash, sunscreen & a tinted moisturiser so I feel I don't need it. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles. Research has shown that sun damage, repeated facial muscle movement, loss of estrogen, environmental damage, gravity and fat relocating the are cause sagging skin & wrinkles. I am not anti moisturiser, I just think people have been brainwashed into thinking it is a must.
I went to the podiatrist who was very happy with my feet - just that I need to moisturise more. I usedta have SeedCorns (painful and look like mini-rice) and he told me they develop only if your skin is very dry. WhoKnew?!? So, moisturise, gals!
I use a light moisturiser in the summer, and a cream in the winter, but then I'm out everyday, in all weathers with the Princess. If I forget to put moisturiser on before my makeup, I do notice a difference.